Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest
 Recognizing and Developing Unpublished Canadian Poets

The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest was launched by Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests Inc. in 2012 in April (National Poetry Month). Judith Krause is our Contest Judge and Mentor in 2017!

With the goal of recognizing and developing unpublished and self-published Canadian creative writers, the prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will include:


An interview with the first-prize winner will be published by the contest on its website, or an affiliated publication, or on Allyson Latta's website, "Memories into Story", www.allysonlatta.ca, recommended by The Writer magazine in the 125th-anniversary issue as one of "16 of Our Favorite Writing Blogs and Websites" (March 2012). Allyson has also served our contest's Editorial Consultant and published interviews of our contest winners from 2012 to 2015. To read our interview with our 2016 first-prize winner, Rebecca Gismondi, click here

IN 2017, WE PUBLISHED OUR NEW GUIDE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS!

















See Prizes for more details. Visit Prizes & Winners for our announcement of contest winners from 2012 to 2016.

In its inaugural year, 2012, Evelyn Lau served as Honorary Patron and poet Catherine Graham as judge. See Contest Judge for biographies of current and past judges.

In 2017, the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will accept entries during the same period, April 1, 2017 to June 1, 2017 with winners announced on October 31. Click on How To Enter for contest rules and guidelines. 

In 2014, we celebrated with a contest for unsigned Canadian singer-songwriters and announced our finalists and winners at www.songwritermentorexperience.org. In 2015, we also ran a contest for aspiring short film screenwriters .

This guide provides instruction and advice for aspiring writers in the following areas:
Creative Coaching
Poetry
Songwriting
Screenwriting
Musical Theatre

It contains hundreds of pages of interviews from acclaimed writers and mentors as well as self-authored essays from industry experts. In each section there is also a concluding piece called "Mentor Me: An Inside View", which is an overview of the process of one-on-one mentoring sessions, including the "before and after", the first and final drafts of a poem, song, or screenplay.

FOR A LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS TO THE BOOK AND ORDER INFORMATION, 
VISIT http://www.aspiringcanadianwriters.org/writers-guide
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